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The Hobbit rules the U.S. box office

Dec 23, 2012 | 1:15pm EST

Peter Jackson's fantasy epic, which stars Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen, beat out Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher, which debuted at number two with $15.6 million (£9.8 million) in ticket sales.

Judd Apatow's new comedy This Is 40 came in third with earnings of $12 million (£7.5 million), while animated family film Rise of the Guardians fell to four ($5.9 million/£3.7 million) and historical drama Lincoln dropped to fifth ($5.6 million/£3.5 million).

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen's Guilt Trip failed to make the top five, coming in sixth with $5.2 million (£3.2 million) in earnings.

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